Carson’s rapid rise

Boeing named Scott Carson to head its Commercial Airplanes group after the unit’s president and chief executive Alan Mulally left to head Ford Motor Co.

Carson, 60, has been vice-president of airplane sales and chief financial officer, earlier serving as head of Connexion, its airborne Internet unit that was shut down this summer. Carson, a 33-year Boeing veteran, said the 787 Dreamliner remained his top priority.

Boeing also named Jim Jamieson to the new position of chief operating officer of the aircraft-building unit. Jamieson, the former vice-president for engineering, operations, and technology, 58, will report directly to Carson.

Carson acknowledged that keeping the 787 on schedule for a 2008 entry into service will be “challenging” as the company also looks to ramp up single-aisle production rates. But Carson said “the machine here at Boeing Commercial Airplanes is running very well”. Teal Group analyst Richard Aboulafia says: “Carson’s strength is that he combines awareness of financial realities with a great track record of selling planes.”


Source: Airline Business